Big-hitting Symonds returns home
Andrew Symondsí tryst with the Deccan Chargers has come to an end.
The allrounder flew back to his country because of the forthcoming Australian tour to the West Indies. Cricket Australia has summoned its players for a camp before the tour takes place next month.
Symonds has been a powerful force behind the Deccan Chargers campaign, which finally got underway with a resounding victory over Mumbai Indians on Sunday.
The big-hitting Symonds, who was the highest-paid foreign player in the Indian Premier League, has had a mixed campaign. He amassed 161 runs from three innings with an unbeaten 117 against Rajasthan Royals being the highest. He averaged 80.50 at a strike rate of 153.33 with a century to boot.
Symonds striking capabilities were amply demonstrated as he struck 15 fours and nine sixes in his three innings.
But it was on the bowling front that Symonds faltered. In the three matches that he bowled, Symonds leaked terribly. He gave away far too many runs for comfort. His cup of woes ran over when he conceded 17 runs off five balls in the last over against Rajasthan Royals.
However, Symondsí magnetic presence was a big boon to the side. He got along well with the other teammates and was a big crowd puller.
Symondsí departure will open the doors for South African Herschelle Gibbs, who has been made to cool his heels since his arrival .
Fittingly enough, Symonds got a warm send off from his teammates with a victory over Mumbai Indians. His former teammate and wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist struck a stroke-filled unbeaten 109 and skipper V.V.S. Laxman remained unconquered on 37 as Chargers routed the Indians by 10 wickets, the highest margin of victory till date in the IPL.